Hereditary (2018, dir. Ari Aster)

A family impacted by grief begins to experience mysterious occurrences. Splendid slow-burn horror about loss and faith. Lots to enjoy, with a creepy atmosphere well-sustained, and some fine variations on old genre ideas.

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Terror Birds (2016, dir. Sean Cain)

Students searching for a lost relative come across a compound where prehistoric giant birds are being experimented on. Tatty ripoff of Jurassic Park (with a few overt horror plot elements), here done on a DTV budget with woeful CG to match.

The Negotiator [AKA Beirut] (2018, dir. Brad Anderson)

An ex-diplomat is recalled to Beirut to negotiate a hostage release. Generally smart thriller which downplays the geopolitics of the region and wisely focuses on multiple warring groups after the same prize. Solid direction and unshowy playing helps.

Backtrack (2015, dir. Michael Petroni)

A psychiatrist’s visions of his dead daughter lead him to confront the secrets of his youth. Initially contrived but nevertheless effective supernatural thriller with plenty of jump scares and a couple of interesting ideas.